Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunday Reflections - Coming Out of My Bubble

So this post might seem to come out of nowhere. And you might wonder what in the world it has to do with Adrenal Fatigue, Anemia, Candida or Eating Clean. And why I would show a picture of a wheat field on my blog. My gluten-free blog.

I just have something else on my mind today. This week. Probably because my Adrenal Fatigue, Anemia and Candida seem to be under control for the moment (yay).

There has been a storm brewing half way around the world. Turmoil. Hope and hopelessness. A place that is very far removed from my everyday life. Ukraine.

The state flag of Ukraine is a banner of two equally sized horizontal bands of blue and yellow color, which symbolize the clear blue sky over a yellow wheat field. Well frankly, I can do without the wheat. But I love the concept. I've always loved this flag.

I have been so caught up in my own troubles (had been "off" and struggling for the past few months) and trying so hard to get my health back in order that the news, articles and pleas about Ukraine on the internet and Facebook didn't fully reach me. I was aware of what was going on in the Ukraine. I read about it. But I was watching it as a fairly unemotional bystander. Detached.

And then this week things went haywire over there. Russian moved its troupe's into the Ukraine. What. Wait.

Health wise, I have started feeling better which means I had more time to devout to thinking about this. To feeling. It's actually affecting me.

That's the thing with Adrenal Fatigue and anemia. You can be so spaced out that sometimes you don't really FEEL things. You just go through the motions.

But I'm feeling things now. I am not just going through the motions.

And I have been thinking about my relationship with Ukraine. What it means to me. From my bubble over here in Canada.

How many times have I stood and sang the National anthem of Ukraine with pride? How many times did I put on my boots and beads and headpiece and dance my heart out in honor of my Ukrainian culture. How many perogies (okay - that was my pre-Clean days) have I pinched over my lifetime. How many years did I study the language and memorize the poems of Ukraine's most famous poets.

I am Canadian first. There is no doubt about that. But my Ukrainian roots run deep. I wouldn't be me if I weren't "Ukrainian". It has been a huge part of my life - the language, the food, the traditions, the music and of course the dancing. I'm so proud of the Ukraine's rich culture and traditions.

So I SHOULD feel something when the Ukraine is in turmoil.

I can't do much from here. But I can feel and I can pray. So I will.

And I can be grateful. Grateful that I live in Canada. That my biggest issue involves how to make perogies without gluten, dairy or eggs. That I have access to healthcare, "clean" food and supplements. And that my health is returning so I can feel things.

Because I'm not me if I don't feel things!

Slava Ukraina!


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